The Gers Essential Driver Training Method

At Gers we are different and our record shows it. For example the Road Safety Authority’s EDT program introduced in April 2001 is not that dissimilar to what we were doing previously in those relatively unregulated days. So we carried on much as we did before, the main exceptions being the rigorous separation of the training of learner drivers into 12 structured modules, and the requirement for a sponsor to sign off sandwich practicing in the logbook.

Structure of EDT Training

The process involves taking a completely raw learner driver from manoeuvring in a parking lot and navigating down quiet suburban streets to a point where they are confident in busy traffic. The introductory phase builds their confidence while the middle phase grows their skills. Finally, they enter an advanced period where we prepare them for their official test. Here is an overall summary taken from the Road Safety Authority’s own webpages (the phase descriptions are our own).

INTRODUCTORY PHASE – DRIVING BASICS

A: CAR CONTROLS AND SAFETY CHECKS

C: CHANGING DIRECTION

B: CORRECT POSITIONING

D: PROGRESSION MANAGEMENT

DEVELOPMENTAL PHASE – COPING WITH TRAFFIC

A: PROGRESSION MANAGEMENT

C: SHARING THE ROAD

B: ANTICIPATION AND REACTION

D: DRIVING SAFELY THROUGH TRAFFIC

ADVANCED PHASE – CHALLENGING SITUATIONS

A: CHANGING DIRECTION

C: DRIVING CALMLY

B: SPEED MANAGEMENT

D: NIGHT DRIVING

TABLE 1: Summary of the RSA’s Essential Driver Training Program

The Rules of Engagement

learner_2446479bThe Road Safety Authority applies the letter of the law. Since we appreciate the benefits our ADI relationship brings we do the same, and this means no shortcuts. Whether you are a taxi driver from London with thirty years’ experience or a newbie from Blackstairs & Barrow Valley in the Leinster District we take you through the same process, and will only sign off a module when we are fully satisfied you are displaying the desired skill.

We also insist on dedicated sponsors who take young trainees ‘under their wings’ and make sure they memorise their road signs and rules of the road – and practice what we teach them under guidance between lessons. We hope this creates a caring mentorship that lasts long after a successful driving test.

What Lies Ahead

We do everything within our power to get you through your RSA Test and obtain the driving licence that could change your life. This is going to take considerable effort from your side as you shake off your nervousness and become a safe responsible driver. This is not a quick decision and you need to think about it carefully. When you are ready speak to Gers first. This could turn out to be one of the best decisions you ever made.